The young Boys Bern footballers managed to beat Ferencváros Budapest at home in the opening match of the 2021/2022 Champions League playoffs, although they played with only ten players from the 25th minute.
Photo: SITA / AP, ALESSANDRO DELLA VALLE
Adnan Kovačevič from Ferencváros (left) in a duel with Young Boys player Bern Christopher Martins.
Swiss champion coach David Wagner expressed satisfaction after the match with the victory and the game, the result of 3: 2 gives both teams a chance to advance before retaliation.
However, he did not hide his disappointment at the performance of the Scottish Chief Referee Willie Collum, who, according to him, ruined the match with his verdicts.
“I am very proud of what my boys have shown, both in terms of running and in terms of football art. We have scored three wonderful goals.
Unfortunately, in my opinion, the referee wanted to be the center of attention at all costs. He did not hold a solid line and had a number of vague and tough decisions.
It’s a pity, because both teams, especially YB, deserved more attention in the center of attention, “said Wagner. The home team led 3: 1, in the end they also enjoyed a close triumph.
“We lead 3: 2 ahead of retaliation, knowing that we can beat Budapest. In a retaliatory match, we will need to show top performance.
I believe we will play it with eleven players, “the Yson Bern coach was quoted as saying by the watson.ch portal.
In an even match, the turning point came in the 25th minute at 1: 1. The leftmost back of Ferencváros Endre Botka penetrated into the penalty area, he got an excellent pass for the defense, but fell after contact with the home Silvan Hefti.
The referee pointed to the white point, in addition to awarding Hefti a strict red card. The locals protested, but the arbiter did not change the verdict even after watching the video. Myrto Uzuni knocked it home to make the score.
The ball was reflected by the keeper, who sent it to Christopher Martins Pereira. However, he did not rejoice in the goal for a long time, because VAR hit and the referee did not recognize his intervention for a foul, which this time angered the players of the Hungarian team.
Despite a number of disadvantages, Bern managed to score a second goal during the break thanks to Vincent Sierra, and Ulisses Garcia increased his lead in the second half. In the end, with his second goal in the match, Franck Boli only eased the loss of “Fradi”.
Shortly before his goal, the Slovak representative in the service of Ferencváros, Róbert Mak, came on the field.
“From a mental point of view, it was like on a roller coaster. We were up once, once down. At first they eliminated the opponent’s player and we had the opportunity to kick a penalty.
We scored a goal and felt like we were running after him, but then they called off the goal.
I can’t say if it decided us, but it certainly gave the home team a psychological advantage from which it could live, “commented the controversial moments of Ferencváros goalkeeper Dénes Dibusz.
The coach of guests Peter Stöger was disappointed with the final result:
“We went into the match with the fact that we want to win. I’m happy with the game, but with a result of 2: 3, of course not. The Young Boys defended well, they left us little space.
We knew they had good offensive players, but we also knew how to defend them. Sadly, we collected all three goals from a distance.
We played well in the forward direction, the situation that resulted in a penalty is a rehearsed signal. I think our performance was good until it was played in a steady number. We caused problems to the opponent several times.
Ferencváros has shown his quality, but the advantages of the opponent must also be recognized. “
The title of the article in the web version of the Hungarian Nemzeti Sport was: “Dream of a nightmare. In a large advantage, the FTC lost in Bern. “
In the description of the post on Facebook, he added that the turning point was Myrta Uzuni’s unchanged penalty, but Franck Boli returned the team’s hope.
The Bernese Zeitung from Switzerland again applauds the “brave Young Boys who defeated Ferencváros in weakness” and took an important step towards the Champions League.